European Christian Political Movement
This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages)(Learn how and when to remove this template message)
The European Christian Political Movement (ECPM) is a European political party that unites national parties from across Europe that share Christian politics. The member parties are generally more socially conservative and Eurosceptic than the European People's Party. The ECPM unites parties with a Christian social view.
|Headquarters||Bergstraat 33, 3811 NG Amersfoort, Netherlands|
|Political position||Centre-right to right-wing|
|European Parliament group||European Conservatives and Reformists|
European People's Party (ChristianUnion, 1 MEP)
|Colours||Green and blue|
3 / 751
The party was founded in November 2002 in Lakitelek, Hungary. It elected its first board in January 2005, and was registered in the Netherlands in September 2005. The first ECPM president was Peeter Võsu of the Party of Estonian Christian Democrats. The party has thirty members from across sixteen countries. Youth movements are united in ECPYouth. The youth organisation started in 2004 and installed its first board in summer 2005.
The ECPM for the 2014-2019 term had six Members of the European Parliament: Peter van Dalen of ChristianUnion (NL), Bas Belder of the Dutch Reformed Party (SGP) (NL), Branislav Škripek of OL'aNO (SK), Arne Gericke of Bündnis C (DE), Marek Jurek of Right Wing of the Republic (PL) and Kazimierz Ujazdowski (PL). All six MEPs sat with the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).
After the most recent 2019 European Parliament election, the party is now represented by 3 MEPs: Peter Van Dalen of the ChristianUnion, Bas Belder of the SGP, and Helmut Geuking of the Family Party of Germany. Peter Van Dalen sits with the European People's Party Group while the others sit with the ECR.
The ECPM started as a platform in November 2002 when representatives of political parties from more than 15 countries decided to examine new chances for Christian politics in Europe on the conference "For a Christian Europe" at Lakitelek, Hungary.
The ECPM started with parties and organizations regardless of their denominative background. Parties residing in and outside the EU participated in those first years and made it possible to create a movement that is solidly continuing. In 2003 the ECPM adopted eight Guiding Principles in the Lakitelek declaration "Values for Europe", which shapes ECPM's vision on Europe and in January 2005 in Tallinn, Estonia the ECPM elected its first board. On 15 September 2005 ECPM was officially registered with statutes as an association under Dutch law. In 2010 ECPM was officially recognized as a European political party by the European Parliament. In 2014 ECPM took part in the European Elections for the first time as a European Party. The ECPM board was chaired by MP Peter Östman from 2013 to 2016 and since 2016, by MEP Branislav Škripek.
Sallux is the official thinktank of ECPM.
This table contains a list of full member parties of the ECPM.
- European Foundation of Moldova
- Foundation for Christian Democracy of Moldova
- Research Institute ChristianUnion
- Stichting Crown Financial Ministries
- Stichting vormingsactiviteiten Oost-Europa
- The Schuman Centre for European Studies
- Areopagus Centru de Educaţie Creştină şi Cultură Contemporană (Areopagus Center for Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture)
- Asociaţia Pro-vita pentru Născuţi şi Nenăscuţi – Filiala Bucureşti (Pro-vita for Born and Unborn Association – Bucharest Branch)
- Christian Center for Roma
- Christian Democratic Association
- Romanian Foundation for Democracy
- Worldteach Association
The ECPM organizes two General Assemblies per year. An annual member congress is held as well where specific themes are discussed. The ECPM also organizes regional conferences and other events all over Europe.
- Nordsieck, Wolfram (2019). "European Union". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 2017-06-08. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
- "Grants from the European Parliament to political parties at European level 2004–2012", November 2012, from http://www.europarl.europa.eu/, retrieved 25 January 2013
- "List of registered European Political Parties and European Political Foundations". www.appf.europa.eu. Archived from the original on 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2017-09-27.